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Ken Kesey is a gifted writer who earns his way into Stanford University. An athletic man, he comes from an Oregon upbringing after having been born in La Junta, Colorado, an upbringing that is solidly all-American in the 1940s and 50s. His future looks bright as a man of letters, but something happens at Stanford to change everything. Kesey volunteers as a subject in psychoactive drug studies and encounters LSD.

At first the LSD, a legal drug at the time, causes strange and interesting changes in perception. Kesey has a difficult time explaining his experiences to the researchers, as the English language does not encompass even a small part of what Kesey has seen, felt and heard while on LSD. He later drops acid while working for a mental institution and starts writing his first successful novel.

Due to land development, Kesey takes his acid-dropping...

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